Characters: Alien: Resurrection
This is a page listing characters in Alien: Resurrection.For recurring characters in the entire series, see the main characters page.Warning: here be heavy spoilerage.
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Played By: Winona Ryder
"You're a thing, a construct. They grew you in a fucking lab."The newest member of the Betty crew, and has a secret mission to destroy Ripley before the Scientists can remove the queen embryo from her. Unbeknownst to everyone, Call is actually a second generation android: a robot designed and built by other robots.
- Good Is Not Nice: Willing to murder a sleeping Ripley if it means destroying the aliens for good.
- Homoerotic Subtext: With Ripley. Call shares her deepest anxieties about not being human with a woman she's just met, and Ripley is very touchy feely with the cute android girl. Screenwriter Joss Whedon is fond of lesbian subtext.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: It's spelled "Call", but it sounds more like "Cole".
- Last Name Basis: Probably the only way you'd know her first name is from the credits or her toy.
- The Mole: A good version. She infiltrated the space pirates in order to have an opportunity to stop the aliens.
- One of the Boys: With her not shying away from swearing, drinking, and picking fights, it borders on downplayed Lad-ette territory.
- Pirate Girl: Elgyn describes her as "a little girl playing pirate".
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Lampshaded by Ripley:"No human being is that humane."
Played By: Ron Perlman
"I'm not the mechanic here, Ironsides! I mostly just hurt people!"A somewhat physically imposing, scarred member of the Betty crew. He is a dark-humored joker and has a short temper. He constantly argues with Vriess, who he teases for being handicapped. Frequently seen with a rather toxic liquor of his own concoction, the container of which conceals a pistol.
- Anything That Moves: Invoked. While he claims to draw the line at automatons, Vriess thinks differently:"Yeah, like you never fucked a robot."
- The Big Guy: A given for any character played by Ron Perlman.
- The Bully: By the end of the movie however, he's much nicer to Vriess.
- The Brute
- Deadpan Snarker: Dolls out a lot of angry, bitter sarcasm.
- Fantastic Racism: Let's just say that when Call is revealed to be an android, he's not very polite about it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Really living up to your physical description there, Johner. Still, he improves over the course of the movie, and he's visibly angry every time another member of their team dies.
- Kick the Dog: See Wheelchair Woobie.
- Last Name Basis: According to the novelisation anyway.
- Pet the Dog: After Vriess successfully pilots the Betty and saves their butts, Johner gives him a big ol' ''kiss''.
Played By: Dominique PinonThe chief engineer of the Betty. He is handicapped and uses a wheelchair- precisely what happened to him is unclear, but it is shown that he does not even register Alien blood on his leg-; he is able to hide a shotgun in various pieces upon his chair to avoid its detection.
"Wanna check the chair?"
- All Love Is Unrequited: Implied for Call.
- Butt Monkey: Whenever Johner is around.
- Disabled Snarker: Usually in repsonse to Johner's bullying.Vriess: Yeah, like you've never fucked a robot.
- Handicapped Badass: He was at one point trapped in a room alone with an Alien in his wheelchair, yet still got his way out alive.
- Has Two Thumbs and...: His joke to Call.Vriess: What's got two thumbs, one eyes, and screws like a god?
- Large Ham: "Who were you expecting? Santa Claaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaus?"
- Super Wheel Chair: It's designed to seamlessly hide his Scaramanga Special.
Captain Frank Elgyn
Played By: Michael Wincott
"Hey, son, I'll give ya my authorization code. It's E-A, T-M, E."The raspy-voiced captain of the Betty. Elgyn provides General Perez with kidnapped humans still in cryostasis for a large sum of cash. He was also romantically involved with Hillard.
- Affably Evil: Very charming and charismatic, but also willing to sell innocent people in hypersleep to amoral scientists.
- The Captain: Of the Betty.
- Deadpan Snarker: Giving his authorization code as EAT ME, among other moments.
- Guttural Growler: Micheal Wincott's gravely voice strikes again.
- Handsome Lech: "She is supremely fuckable, ain't she?"
- Sacrificial Lion: You think he'd survive the film, but he's the first to die.
- Slasher Smile
Played By: Gary DourdanA muscular, dreadlocked mercenary amongst the Betty crew. Christie is first mate and second in command of the Betty, and carries two disposable guns attached to his wrists.
- Friendship Moment: Just before the underwater action sequence, Christie and DiStephano have a quick chat about Cool Guns.
- Guns Akimbo: Wields dual "disposable" derringer type pistols, spring-loaded and attached to his arms.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To save Vriess.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: It seems he can bounce projectiles off of any surface and hit his desired target.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially comes off like an amoral thug but turns out to be one of the nicest and most levelheaded characters in the film, becoming de facto leader, allowing Ripley to join them despite Call's protests, humoring DiStephano when asked about his weapons and more prominently carrying Vriess when they have to "ditch the chair".
- Number Two: To Elgyn. Christie seems to be first mate on the Betty.
- Senseless Sacrifice: To may be a result of shoddy editing, but why exactly did Christie need to die? He needs to detach himself to save Vriess but there were no more Xenomorphs in the water so why couldn't he climb back up on his own?
Played By: Kim FlowersThe assistant pilot of the Betty and is the romantic partner of Elgyn.
- Mauve Shirt: Very little characterization aside form being Elgyn's lover; is the second to die. Hell, the other characters don't even mention her after she dies!
- Ms. Fanservice
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Out of all the characters, Hillard is the least willing to go underwater suggesting she suffers from aquaphobia. She's also the slowest swimmer, and this results in her death.
Played By: Sigourney WeaverFor tropes relating to the original Ellen Ripley, see the character page for the entire Alien series.
"It's a Queen. She'll breed. You'll die."
- Came Back Wrong: She is the product of a cloning experiment designed to bring both her and the queen larva she was incubating back to life. Even after seven failed attempts, there were still a few wires crossed. Physically, she shares the acid blood and enhanced strength of the aliens. Mentally, she's a fair bit more ruthless and indifferent than the original Ripley, though not totally devoid of mercy or empathy.
- Cloning Blues: Averted; she is disturbingly indifferent about the whole being a clone thing.
- Creepy Good: Her whole attitude is pretty creepy, especially the way she has more empathy for the aliens than the humans. As if this wasn't enough, she now shares the Alien's super-strength and acidic blood. Yet, she does mean well, and helps the Betty Crew to get out alive.
- Deadpan Snarker: When compared to the original Ripley, this one is notably more sarcastic and cynical (even though the original Ripley wasn't exactly naive), displaying a dark sense of humor and almost enjoying the irony of seeing what's happening onboard.
- Empowered Badass Normal: If you consider her the same character than original Ripley. Considering she seems to share her memory, that would count.
- Heroic BSOD: When she discovers the previous failed Ripley clones. She's so horrified that she ends up destroying the lab. She has a second one when she is forced to kill the Alien-human hybrid.
- Homoerotic Subtext: She gets very touchy feely with Call just after meeting her. Some of their scenes together later in the film are almost romantic.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Is even more bitter and cynical than the original.
- Mercy Kill: Her destruction of the lab full of Ripley clones.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Genuinely seemed sorry when she had to kill the Newborn.
- Tank-Top Tomboy: What she wears is closer to a futuristic muscle shirt, but close enough.
General Martin Perez
Played By: Dan HedayaThe commanding military General of the medical research lab where Ripley is being cloned for the alien queen's resurrection.
"Ellen Ripley died trying to wipe this species out. For all intents and purposes, she succeeded!"
- Boom, Headshot: From a Xenomorph's second head no less, and the man doesn't notice it until he checked the back of his head.
- General Ripper: He thinks breeding the aliens is a good idea so he must be this.
- Gratuitous Spanish
- Jerkass: Not only does he oversee illegal experiments, he's a dick about it.
- Large Ham: As one reviewer put it, "Dan Hedaya seems to think he's in Spaceballs 2."
Dr. Mason Wren
Played By: J.E. FreemanOne of the five scientists who worked on resurrecting the alien queen.
- Big Bad: Of the fourth film.
- Deadpan Snarker: Starting to see a pattern yet?
- Jerkass: Betrays the group at the first opportunity and is generally unpleasant.
- Karmic Death: Killed by the chestbuster of one of his victims.
- Mad Scientist: Breeding xenomorphs and tampering with their DNA can't possibly go wrong!
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Suffers one from Purvis.
- Reliable Traitor
- Smug Snake: He still thinks he can order DiStephano around despite holding a gun to Call's head.
Dr. Jonathan Gediman
Played By: Brad DourifOne of five scientists who perform the operation on the Ripley clone to retrieve the queen embryo.
"You are... a beautiful, beautiful, butterfly."
- Admiring the Abomination: The Newborn is a beautiful little baby.
- Large Ham: Brad Dourif is clearly enjoying himself. Gediman's reaction to the Newborn's birth is by far the hammiest moment in the series.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Nightmare Fetishist: The above quote is said to the Human/Alien hybrid.
- Sanity Slippage: Becomes extremely unhinged after becoming part of the Queen's hive.
- Talkative Loon: A handy way to deliver exposition about the Newborn to the audience.
- Tempting Fate: It takes a special kind of idiot to do a Window Kiss to one of the aliens.
- Window Love: A truly bizarre scene with one of the captive Xenomorphs.
Played By: Raymond CruzA soldier in the United Systems Military, stationed aboard the Auriga. When the Aliens break out, he joins the crew in their attempt to escape from the ship.
"Begging your pardon, sir, but FUCK YOU!"
- Heel-Face Turn: Starts off working for Dr. Wren, but joins the pirates when everything goes to shit.
- Man Child: He geeks out over Christie's Cool Guns.
- Nice Guy: Possibly the nicest character in the film.
- Punch Clock Villain: Prior to his Heel-Face Turn.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He defects from the USM and helps the heroes to escape the ship.
- With Due Respect: See his quote above.
Played By: Leland Orser
- "What's in-fucking-side me?"
- Butt Monkey: Gets very little respect. Also he's a dead man walking.
- Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Done offscreen.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The way he utilizes his Chest Burster for the greater good is a sight to behold.
- Human Resources: Specifically, he and his crew mates are the cargo that the Betty delivers to the Auriga.
- Innocent Bystander: Though in the end he takes advantage of his impending doom to become a Heroic Bystander when he dispatches Dr. Wren by placing Wren's head directely in front of where his chestburster comes out.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: On Wren. Purvis clearly wanted revenge for the whole facehugger thing.
- Only Sane Man: Illustrated in this exchange:Call: It's not right!Purvis: I've been saying that all day.
- Taking You with Me: He knows he's going to die, so he takes the Dr. Wren with him.
- Took a Level in Badass: Starts off as a terrified civilian, ends up shrugging off multiple pistol rounds and taking out the Big Bad.